415 N Kingston Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
Don was born on July 9, 1958. He was the son of the late J.D. and Neva Young Edwards of Wartburg. Don has a brother, the late James David (JD) and Sandra Kay, who has made her home in Charleston, S.C. Don married the love of his life, Donita Kay Hall, on June 26, 1987. Don and Donita have sons, Daryl and Zackery Nitzschke and the late Dustin Nitzschke, Daughter, Dana Nitzschke, Daughter-in-law, Carey Byrd Nitzschke, Grandchildren, Dalton, Dawson, Holly, Colton, and Cody.
Don is a 1976 Graduate of Wartburg Central High School where he earned a full football scholarship to play at TTU. Don is a 1981 Graduate of Tennessee Technological University – Bachelor of Science Degree and in 1997, Don graduated again from TTU with a Master’s of Science Degree.
Don worked in restaurant management right out of college. In 1984 he took a position managing the Jobs Training Partnership Program through Roane State Community College. In 1986, Don accepted a teaching position with Morgan County Schools at Sunbright. For the next 24 years he taught various subjects, coached football, worked as a principal and assistant principal. Don feels his 24 years working with the young people of Morgan County was some of the most rewarding experiences of his life.These experiences help shape his prospective of the need for everyone to work hard in order to provide greater opportunity for the young folks of Morgan County.
Don was elected by the people of Morgan County as their Executive (Mayor) in 2010 and was reelected in 2014 by the grace of God and the wonderful citizens of our county.
Don was “born-again” by the power of God’s Holy Spirit into the family of God through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1981. He attends First Baptist Church in Sunbright and has taught adult Sunday School for several years. Don is a licensed, ordained Southern Baptist minister.
Don’s Vision for Morgan County:
Morgan County is a community where God is honored, where our children are safe and well educated, and where hard working, industrious citizens have ample opportunity for good jobs.
Don firmly believes that every citizen in Morgan County, every group, every organization, churches, politicians, and business leaders must unite and work collaboratively; not for personal gain, but for the future opportunity we hope our children and grandchildrenwill be able to take advantage of.